Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the draft Information Guidelines Explanatory Note: Subsidence Associated with Coal Seam Gas Production and the Draft National Minimum Groundwater Monitoring Guidelines released by the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC).

EDO regularly provides legal advice to landholders and community groups who are concerned about the impacts on both surface and ground water from large coal and coal seam gas (CSG) projects. It is of benefit to both proponents and the community to ensure explanatory notes and guidance are comprehensive and include sufficient detail and specific guidance on the full range of relevant impacts and processes.